Look for Ganesh! Bali Gate in Ubud [360-Degree Panorama]

bali gate

The town of Ubud, Bali. Away from its polished main streets you'll find little alleyways like this, narrow walkways cast, ditches cut on each side. Because of the tropical climate, plants grow and weeds sprout in just about every corner, crack and crevice. Balinese traditional homes, sprawled in giant courtyards, line the sides.Take a stroll, pay close attention, … [Read more...]

2011: A Year of Travel Firsts

Happy Holi from Dhaka!

Often, when people hear that we’ve been traveling for five years, they think we’ve “done it all.” This could not be further from the truth – the more we explore of this world of ours, the more we realize how big and diverse it really is. This is something to be celebrated.When we began 2011 we could not have even imagined where this year would take us. Not only … [Read more...]

Bali Food: From Satay to Sambal

Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice) - Bali, Indonesia

Ah, Bali food. Our relationship with Balinese cuisine got off to a rocky start, but a Balinese cooking class in Ubud, night markets in Sanur and simple restaurants called warungs conspired to change our minds and inform our palates. The result: an overview of the components of Balinese cooking, common Balinese dishes and where to find them when you visit Bali. … [Read more...]

Bali Holiday Week: Volcanoes, Diving, Temples, Cooking

Tanah Lot, Bali

For a relatively small island, Bali can pack in a lot of activities in just a week: volcano-climbing at dawn, diving in coral reefs, cooking traditional Balinese cuisine, visiting Balinese Hindu temples, taking in a traditional Kecak performance, hanging with monkeys, and enjoying a few Balinese massages.Remember when you’d return to school from summer break and … [Read more...]

Travel Snobbery and a Tour to Bali

Hiking Mt. Batur Volcano - Bali, Indonesia

Apparently, it’s easy to be a travel snob.Independent travelers can look down on tour groups as not being “hard core” or “authentic” enough. Luxury travelers can look down on backpackers as cheapskates one notch above street riffraff. Holiday-makers looking to relax with a cocktail on the beach are not “real” travelers while those who are trying to live on $5 a … [Read more...]

An American Abroad: Navigating State Department Travel Warnings

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Stay safe in this post Bin Laden world. There is sure to be some backlash; work on your Canadian accent ;-) -- A friend offers us some advice in light of recent events.We’ve lived outside of the United States for almost 10 years, with more than four of them on this around-the-world journey. In that time, we’ve consumed our share of U.S. State Department travel … [Read more...]

Going to Bali: Even Travelers Need a Rest

Yoga at Petra in Jordan

"Wait, isn't your life one big vacation?"I realize that we, as travel bloggers, do our bit to perpetuate this myth by posting fun updates and photos on an almost constant basis. While all these experiences are true, there are also unglamorous bits, challenging stuff that goes on behind the scenes.So here's a bit of the honest truth: I'm tired. Actually, I'm … [Read more...]